I am taking a day of rest here in the California desert, at the home of a good friend, a retired priest from the Archdiocese of Boston. Here are a few photos (I took a few minutes ago) of the area around where I am staying:
Can you see why I would love to stay here for more than one day?
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress was exhilarating and a wonderful boost of faith for me and—hopefully—for the tens of thousands who were in attendance.
We at World Library Publications received some sad news yesterday. Please keep in your prayers the repose of the soul of Judy Novak, wife of WLP's editor Michael E. Novak, who died yesterday morning after having lived courageously with cancer for several years. Our hearts are breaking at WLP for Mike and his family. This is a difficult time for us as a publishing family as we move through this time of mourning. If you could, please pause at this very second and pray this prayer with me:
Judy, may the angels lead you into paradise; may the choirs of angels come to welcome you, and take you to the holy city, the new and eternal Jerusalem.
It is at times like these, friends, that our Catholic faith is so important. It is at times like these that, more than ever, we gotta sing and we gotta pray.